Korean J Adult Nurs.  2017 Dec;29(6):579-586. 10.7475/kjan.2017.29.6.579.

Living with a Colostomy: A Phenomenological Study

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea. asansong@knu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was to explore and describe their experience of living with a colostomy.
METHODS
The data were collected by in-depth interviews with eight patients with colorectal cancer. The individual interviews lasted from 45 minutes to one hour each time, up to two times. The main questions were "How do you cope with the distress related to your colostomy?" The interview data were analyzed using Colaizzi's phenomenological method.
RESULTS
Of the eight participants, five were men and three were women. Mean age was 60.6 years. Three theme clusters were identified; "˜overcoming adversity of ostomy', and "˜adjustment to ostomy' and "˜new life through self-transcendence'.
CONCLUSION
These results showed that participants try to overcome their negative images and distress of having an ostomy by themselves, or with support from neighbors, families, religious persons or health professionals. The results from this study can help nurses to develop effective colostomy-caring interventions for patients living with a colostomy.


MeSH Terms

Colorectal Neoplasms
Colostomy*
Female
Health Occupations
Humans
Male
Methods
Ostomy
Qualitative Research
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